The Early Years Numeracy Program is a resource for schools to use when planning and implementing a strategic and comprehensive approach to early years mathematics teaching and learning for all students in the first five years of schooling.
Students are provided with maths learning experiences that are challenging, exciting and enjoyable, as well as useful in achieving a range of purposes and solving a range of common daily problems. Children are encouraged to work with their class teacher at their own rate of mathematical growth.
Structures within all classes cater for individual differences through the provision of open – ended learning activities and tasks. A wide range of equipment is always available at all age levels. All mathematical concepts are progressively developed within the context of meaningful learning situations. Mathematics learning at all levels encompasses cooperative learning and child centred problem-solving activities, as well as the use of modern technology such as computers and calculators in all levels.
Today’s Mathematics Classrooms
In today’s mathematics classrooms:
- Teachers have high expectations that children will learn mathematics.
- Teachers focus on each child’s mathematics learning needs.
- Children work as a whole class, in small groups and individually.
- Mathematics concepts and strategies are explained using materials and everyday language.
- Children are actively involved in using mathematics to solve real problems.
- Children share their learning and are given feedback and encouragement by the teacher and other children